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British Minister of armed forces visits Morocco

British Minister of the Armed Forces, James Heappey. / DR
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British Minister of the Armed Forces, James Heappey was received, Thursday in Rabat, respectively by Minister Delegate for National Defense Administration Abdeltif Loudyi, the Inspector General of the Royal Armed Forces (FAR), Lieutenant General Abdelfettah Louarak, and the Commander of the Royal Gendarmerie, Lieutenant General Mohamed Haramou.

Abdeltif Loudyi received James Heappey who is on a two-day working visit to the Kingdom, said a press release from the General Staff of the FAR.

At this meeting, Heappey was accompanied by a delegation including Lt Gen. Sir John Lorimer, British Defense Senior Advisor to the Middle East and North Africa, and Simon Martin, British Ambassador accredited to Rabat.

During their talks, the two officials welcomed the historical relations of friendship and cooperation that bind the two Kingdoms in many areas, the press release added.

They also exchanged views on the regional security situation, particularly in the Mediterranean area and the Sahel-Saharan strip.

The two officials reiterated their common desire to further deepen bilateral defense cooperation, particularly in the defense industry, which could be integrated in a mutually beneficial perspective through sustainable partnerships for investment and industrial development.

In the same day, Supreme Commander and Chief of General Staff of the Royal Armed Forces, the Inspector General of FAR, Lt Gen Abdelfettah Louarak, and the Commander of the Gendarmerie Royale, Lt Gen Mohamed Haramou received Heappey in Rabat, the source said.

During these talks, officials on both sides welcomed the strong and dynamic bilateral cooperation between the FAR and the British Armed Forces.

They highlighted their ambition to develop their cooperation relations in the same spirit of friendship and shared trust, and reiterated their common desire to further strengthen this cooperation and deepen it even further.

The military cooperation bilateral activities to be undertaken between the two Kingdoms are scheduled annually according to a calendar established by a joint commission which is held alternately in Rabat and London. 

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